According to the MWA release, the "Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality."
I would agree with that.
V.I. Warshawski, like the other women detectives used her wits and she challenged a genre in which women typically were either vamps or victims.
Paretsky and the other mystery writers opened the door to mysteries as we know them today -- a divserse genre full of diverse detectives from different ethic and sexual backgrounds, myriad regions and foreign countries. I doubt we would have gay detectives today if Paretsky and crew hadn't shown readers that fighting for justice isn't just for white men.
I started reading mysteries when I was about 9 years old but there was a time when the genre wasn't speaking to me. Sara, Sue and Marcia are among the reasons I came back to mystieres and why I love the genre and why I began reviewing mysteries.
Sara Paretsky will receive her award at The Edgar Awards Banquet, which will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Thursday, April 28.
As soon as the nominees for this year's Edgars are announced, we'll post them, too.
Tall, graceful and usually wearing sneakers, Cavin often was surrounded by a cadre of much younger editors, publicists and authors.
She was one of those responsible for the Minotaur Books imprint that launched myriad authors.
I agree with everything these two said, and can add nothing more.
Cavin was a force of nature. The energy she exhibited put those decades younger to shame.
Cavin leaves a wonderful legacy for the mystery genre. Rest in peace.